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The Weight of Blood

By: Tiffany D. Jackson
Narrated by: JD Jackson,Sarah Mollo-Christensen,Joy Nash,Christopher Salazar,Karen Malina White
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Summary

New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson ramps up the horror and tackles America’s history and legacy of racism in this suspenseful YA novel following a biracial teenager as her Georgia high school hosts its first integrated prom. A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection! 

When Springville residents—at least the ones still alive—are questioned about what happened on prom night, they all have the same explanation . . . Maddy did it.

An outcast at her small-town Georgia high school, Madison Washington has always been a teasing target for bullies. And she's dealt with it because she has more pressing problems to manage. Until the morning a surprise rainstorm reveals her most closely kept secret: Maddy is biracial. She has been passing for white her entire life at the behest of her fanatical white father, Thomas Washington.

After a viral bullying video pulls back the curtain on Springville High's racist roots, student leaders come up with a plan to change their image: host the school's first integrated prom as a show of unity. The popular white class president convinces her Black superstar quarterback boyfriend to ask Maddy to be his date, leaving Maddy wondering if it's possible to have a normal life.

But some of her classmates aren't done with her just yet. And what they don't know is that Maddy still has another secret . . . one that will cost them all their lives. 

©2022 Tiffany D. Jackson (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Carrie, but black

The book was very good, only gave the story 4 stars as the is an extreme resemblance to Carrie. Altjough, this was executed perfectly. Would love a second book to find out what happened to Maddie & Kenny.

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Would make a great tv programme

I thought this story was very interesting given the times we live in but I think it would make an excellent tv programme. The ending was a bit strange though.

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Now THIS is what we call an Audiobook

Firstly, shout out to the writer, Tiffany D. Jackson, for having the talent and wit to create such an amazing piece of work. The book is flawless. Captivating and profoundly attentive to detail.

But the AUDIO!? Shout out to all the voice actors on this book. You gripped me from the start and had me the whole way through. The tension, built in the most delicious way and I loved every second of this book. Even the end credits, and that’s a hard thing to love. But the cast deserve all the accolades for bringing this story to life.

10/10. I would definitely recommend to anyone who likes a gripping story with a beautiful blend of history and modern day, tension, love, jealousy and high school. Happy listening!

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Glad I listened instead of reading

I really enjoyed glad I listen on Audible kept me very entertained will definitely read more from the author

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  • Cessnie S
  • 08-09-22

Enthralling/ Emotional roller coaster read! Worth the credit!

I preordered this book and I’m happy I did. This book has me hoooketh &shooketh. I just love Tiffany D Jackson as an author!! I have read most of her books.This book has so many hidden gems in it! This definitely will deserve a second read. I’m halfway done and I’m thinking about calling out of work to finish. LoL there are many good topics of discussion that we still talk about today like Colorism within the black community, Segregation, passing for white, bullying and so much more. It’s a youth adult read but all the topics are still very much Relevant to today’s times. I’m loving the premise of this book.
It’s giving stranger things mixed with Carrie mixed with The exorcism mixed with lovecraft country all in one book!! Whew give it a read I need ppl to discuss the book with plus there is always a couple of antagonist in the book that just make you want to get v*olent with them! I finished the book and loved it!!!! I love how the performance in the audiobook it had me captivated. The narrators performance was superb being able to change the voices and give a high level of emotional reaction to whatever was happening in that scene! Just wow! Going to listen a second time!!

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  • Benita
  • 09-11-22

Not Original

I loved the book. I just felt that it was not original enough. I do like the spin on the story but would have liked a more original book.

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  • AlohaD
  • 29-10-22

Blown away by this Carrie retelling

This was the perfect book for the season and for fans of Stephen King's Carrie with a twist.

Maddy is a biracial teenager that has been "passing" as a white girl. But this has not been her choice. She's always been a girl that has been sheltered from life around her by her father that is a white man. But he does so much more than shelter her. When she gets stuck in the rain, her true roots show, causing an uproar in her not so accepting small town and high school. She is teased mercilessly for her hair and for lying about who she is. But it's always been more than that. The way she was alway seen as "Mad Mad Maddy", the constant bullying at school, the being sheltered and abused at home. Maddy has not had an easy life. I felt for her right from the beginning. But it was all about the students and how the school and community decided to treat not only this girl, but people from all marginalized communities including Blacks and members of the LGBTQ community. This was a assbackwards town that had me livid all throughout. The fact that the story was all based around high school students and their proms which were held separately by race had me in a complete uproar. Segregation now? no. just no.

I enjoyed the way Tiffany D Jackson took the horror story of Carrie and gave it a total racist spin was very relevant to our world now. It was a difficult read because I know a lot of what took place in the story is still happening today in the modern free world, but to see the ugliness of it all come to the story was hard. We not only get a very secluded and racist town, but we also get a couple characters that wanted to help Maddy, although they are few and far between.

If you're looking for a modern spin on a horror retelling with a complete cast of characters, of some which you will feel for, some which you want to know more about and some you may dislike, this will be the book for you. I listened to the audio and the cast was magnificent with their performances. Not only that, but the addition of the podcast of "Maddy Did It" was great. It was like hearing a story within a story of a teenager that overcame the way she was treated by a community and her father and ended up being taken over by a power greater than herself to show the community that they needed to change. And I would be doing a major deservice if I didn't mention Kenny in this story. As a young Black athlete, he was treated differently than other Black students, but I'm glad we got to see him evolve throughout the story.

Overall, this was a read that like I said before, was a difficult listen as someone that is not POC, but an ally. But I really enjoyed the way Ms Jackson retold the Carrie story with her own spin and made it relevant to now. I wish I got more answers in the end, but that's the magnificence of the story. Kind of left me hanging, but still awed me. Check your triggers and read this book. Or listen. The audio is well narrated and brings the story to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-01-23

Narration was top notch!

The various readers brought the book to life. I wouldn't call it a horror story in the sense of being scary and creepy but a revenge story in which your rage turns every page. The perspectives of each character gives accurate insight to the many perspectives around race relations. Jackson's motif of the bystander ensures that any ready will be a change maker after this story.

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  • DuggieSM
  • 17-01-23

Bravo

Great intertwining of fact and fiction all while addressing some heavy topics. Nice job Jackson!

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  • RC
  • 15-01-23

Excellent

I absolutely enjoyed every part of this story. I would definitely recommend it to others.

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  • LaWanda Elliott
  • 13-01-23

Thought-Provoking

The Weight of Blood, was a definite page turner for me. I enjoyed it. The symbolism and themes throughout the novel helped with an engaging discussion for my Bookclub! We are all hoping for a part 2!

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  • Becca Eller
  • 12-01-23

She did it AGAIN!!!

I’ve loved every single one of Tiffany D Jackson’s books! My favorite part is that in every one there is a moment where the rug is pulled out and the story flips! The flip here is stunning and as always it sticks the landing and adds even more layers of delicious and crunchy story!

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  • Charvelia
  • 11-01-23

I’ve never read anything like this before!

This book was the first of its kind that I’ve read… yet it was wonderful. I found myself trying to savor every chapter. I didn’t want it to end.

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  • Jacqueline Banford
  • 16-12-22

Hmmm….

Interesting replay on the movie Carrie and I knew how the story would play out of course.